Mayor & Commission Pass Resolution Urging Residents & Visitors to Wear Face Coverings
The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission passed a resolution at their Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Regular Session urging all employees, customers, patrons, residents, and visitors in Athens-Clarke County to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose while:
- in indoor places of business,
- riding in a vehicle with people from outside one’s household,
- in outdoor environments and heavily-traveled public rights-of-way where one might come in near contact with persons from outside of one’s own household, such as:
- shopping center parking lots
- strip malls
- public transit stops/facilities
- outdoor patios
- public park pathways
Face coverings can include:
- reusable bandannas
- repurposed clothing
- cloth masks
- single-use multi-folded paper towels firmly secured to the face with ties or rubber bands
Businesses and public accommodations in Athens-Clarke County are also urged to prominently post signage at all entrances urging patrons, clients, and visitors to wear face coverings upon entering.
Those using a face covering should:
- thoroughly wash/sanitize hands before putting on a face covering,
- avoid touching the front of the face covering at all times,
- wash/sanitize hands before and after removing it.
Reusable cloth face coverings are recommended to be washed in soap and hot water on a daily basis or immediately after coming in near a possibly infected individual.
Residents and visitors are also encouraged not to purchase N95 or surgical masks, as these are limited resources needed for the healthcare community and first responders.
There are some exceptions to the recommendations:
- (1) Children under age 6. Accompanying parents/guardians are urged to assure these children stay properly distanced. Cloth can be draped over strollers/carriages/body-worn carriers to protect infants and small children.
- (2) Patients in examination rooms of medical or dental offices or clinics or hospitals where there is a necessity to examine or treat the mouth or nasal area, subject to the direction of the medical or dental professionals.
- (3) Restaurant patrons while seated at a table and after an order is served. Face coverings should be put back on as soon as a meal is finished and during any interaction with servers.
- (4) When wearing a face covering poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk such as anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.
A copy of the full resolution is available at www.accgov.com/coronavirus